Monday, December 31, 2012

Interesting Links 31 December 2012

Well a new year starts tomorrow. Hope it is a great one for all of you. This is the last interesting links list for the year. It’s a pretty short list though. Last week was pretty quiet on the Internet.

Still time to submit proposals to present at the 2013 CSTA Annual Conference Conference registration opens February First BTW. Read all about it at the CSTA Blog.

Money and Computers is an interesting post by Doug Peterson (@DougPete) that in some ways asks the basic question - does the OS really matter anymore? Doug thinks it doesn’t matter much and that schools could and should money with free operating systems. I have mixed feelings about it. I ‘d like to think there are still applications that make it worth asking for an operating systems that supports them.

My Code Year is a post by Audrey Watters (@hackeducation) that talks about her experiences with different online systems for learning to code. I think there are some valuable learnings from her experience.

Via @nprnews: Kenyan Women Create Their Own 'Geek Culture' is a great story about how women in Kenya are creating their own social environment to help support each other and encourage other women to enter the IT field.

Game Blocks offers free, open-source game creation for novices. Looks a lot like Scratch.

Game Blocks is able to compile platformers, adventure games, simulation games and arcade shooters for PC and Mac, and makes it easy to organize dialogue and story. Best of all, it's completely free. Anyone interested in messing around with game design or interactive storytelling, download Game Blocks directly from Pacotti's New Life Interactive.

For those of you trying things with Kinect this Channel 9 post on tGesture Studio for the Kinect looks pretty interesting.

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